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anchor: welcome to our viewers on public television and around the globe. this isn't the first time that president trump's words have sparked outrage. reports that he used an expletive to describe central american and african nations have led to widespread criticism. the president wrote a tweet that he never said anything derogatory. democrats in that meeting insist that he did. please note that this report does include the offensive word in question. >> it was an important day, martin luther king jr. >> the forces of american history seemed to collide at the white house today. donald trump signing a
proclamation in honor of martin luther king at the very moment he stands accused of using a slur directed to african nations. here he stuck to his script. pres. trump: we celebrate dr. king for standing up to the self-evident truths that americans hold so dear that no matter the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are created equal by god. >> mr. president, will you give an apology for the statement yesterday? >> after the ceremony came an unceremonious commotion. >> mr. president, are you a racist? reporter: the sitting president being asked by a reporter if he is a racist. >> mr. president, are you a racist? reporter: it was behind closed doors in the oval office that donald trump allegedly can that immigrants from africa and haiti came from -- countries. donald trump said he used strong
language in the meeting but not that word. he has been fiercely contradicted by a senior democrat who was present. senator: i cannot believe in the history of the white house that any president has ever spoken the word that i personally heard our president speak yesterday. to no surprise, the president started tweeting this morning, denying that he used those words. it is not true. he said these hate filled things, and he said that repeatedly. reporter: from the united nations in geneva can the stiffest of rebukes. >> these are shocking and shameful comments from the president of the united states. i'm sorry but there is no other word that one can use but racist. you cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as -- reporter: across africa there has been a serious response. the botswana and government called his comments reprehensible and racist. words on otherst
parts of the world, but on this continent, that word is an insult. reporter: "build the wall" was the cry of voters who loved donald trump's hard-line stance on immigration. mr. trump we will build the : wall. >> he was said to be doing a victory lap at the white house, believing this row will rev up his base. donald trump launched his campaign to the white house with an attack on american immigrants -- mexican immigrants, and launched his prominence by claiming falsely that barack obama wasn't an american. this racial controversy will doubtless please some of his supporters at home. it undercuts leadership abroad and shows how america first can mean america alone. anchor: a short time ago i spoke with nick in the studio. president trump is known for his unfiltered comments. how damaging will this episode be?
nick: as i said, one of the reasons why donald trump believes he is in the white house is because he took a hard-line stance on immigration. there were reports, and his aides were saying last night, that they believe this will help donald trump in revving up his base. it has appealed to some elements in his conservative movement, the sort of people who turn up for his rallies, who joined in the chants of "build the wall." but if you go into the suburbs where their affluent republicans, higher educated republicans, people who didn't like him but voted because they could not stand hillary clinton, upset peoplet of about the state of this white house. a lot of people don't like his behavior on twitter. a lot of people don't like the way that he comports himself as president. this reinforces that narrative. anchor: for those voters, could this be the line that is crossed?
nick: maybe. for some of them, i think the line was already crossed. perhaps they will not be so supportive of candidates in the midterm elections. there is also a massive international implication for america. the last two or three presidents have been very popular in africa. barack obama as he was the son of a kenyan. george w. bush was popular because of the support he gave for the fight against aids. bill clinton tried to make peace with africa after rwanda and admitted that was a terrible american blunder. it is an important area of the world in terms of protecting your sphere of influence and getting other countries on board. donald trump has done an enormous amount of damage. as we just said, the african union has demanded an apology. anchor: where does this leave the issue at the heart of this, immigration reform? something important to his base.
nick: this meeting at the oval office was intended to hem out a compromise. all week there has been this effort by democratic and republican lawmakers to come to some sort of compromise on the subject of immigration. one of those great faultlines in american politics. the sourness, the acrimony, the criticism that has followed this meeting, it is hard to see how they can hatch a deal in that kind of a climate. anchor: foul language aside, the white house is making news when it comes to their special relationship with the u.k.. there were signs that the president wouldn't be making a state visit to london next month as was expected. president trump confirmed his reluctance to do so in a tweet on friday as james lundell reports. james: the new u.s. embassy, $1 billion of prime real estate in south london with its very own moat. a monument, we are told, to
america's commitment to britain that the u.s. ambassador had hoped would be formally opened by donald trump next month. >> i do hope so and we will welcome him when he comes. james: except that he is not coming. mr. trump said he opposed the -- canceled the trip because he opposed the sale by president obama of what he called perhaps the best-located and finest embassy in london for peanuts only to build a new one in an off-location for $1.2 billion. bad deal. wanted me to cut ribbon? no. a decision welcomed by his critics. >> you have a head of state of another country who has not only promoted hatred and division in his own country, but would be guilty of doing the same in our country too. james: the decision to sell the old embassy in mayfair was taken by president bush to find a more secure location and the time of terror.
the old embassy had long been the scene of demonstrations. some say it was the threat of similar protests that have spooked mr. trump. the mayor of london said there would be mass protests like these but peaceful ones. the foreign secretary boris johnson accused him of putting u.k.-u.s. relations at risk. a view that others echoed. >> in this country, we have the mayor of london, jeremy corbyn and others encouraging large-scale street protests against him. i think that must be part of his calculation. reporter: that is the point. in his first year of office, mr. trump has traveled the world, visiting most other g-7 countries and several european nations including france, germany, and belgium. the u.k. is notable for its absence. the u.s. ambassador has said that this fortress of glass represents a new era in friendship between the u.s. and the u.k..
a strengthening of that relationship. the fear from the diplomats is that the president's decision not to open the building signals that for him, britain is not a priority. ministers hope that will change when he comes, if he comes. >> it is an important diplomatic partner for the u.k. we want the closest possible relationship with the u.s. we look for to a visit in the future. james: for now, the closest will -- we will get to mr. trump is this wax work. part of a pr stunt. lifelike in every respect except he does not speak or tweet. anchor: staying with president trump's foreign policy, the president decided not to carry through on his threat to reimpose sanctions on iran. it means that for now, the deal that the u.s. and other allies signed remains in place. mr. trump says it is the last time he will issue a sanctioned waiver, and is calling for major
changes to fix what he calls the deal's disastrous flaws. we spoke to the former u.s. ambassador to iraq. ambassador, president trump keeps threatening this action but hasn't carried through. why is that? ambassador it would be a bad : idea to pull out of the agreement. he wants to do some thing to improve the environment of the agreement but does not necessarily want to pull out of it. he will not get support in the international community. he said, i will do it this time, but the next time it comes up, i want an agreement with britain, france, and germany, not with iran, the russians, or the chinese, but with our allies. to deal with long-range missiles , the inspections and how they are not being carried out and the long ranged problems with iran after it comes out of the disagreement. that is not potentially a bad thing. that is something he can do without pulling out of the
agreement. anchor: will those ambassadors of the allies you just mentioned be willing to go back to the drawing board? >> president macron has talked about the missile issue. that is not in the jcpoa. councilin a un security resolution. there is language that the four countries could work on. inspection, there is nothing stopping the national atomic energy agency to not use all their authority under the agreement. that can be fixed. in 10 years, if iran pulls out of the agreement, that it's a thing that can be agreed but not executed. that is where they are trying to go. anchor: we heard from iran's foreign minister today. he said it is an effort to undermine an accord which cannot be renegotiated. ambassador he is technically : correct, but president trump is not suggesting to renegotiate
the agreement. after 10 years, iran has authority to increase enrichment and go back to a near-nuclear weapons situation, but they don't have to do that. how do you encourage them not to do that? that is what president trump is asking. anchor: closer to home, president trump is calling on congress to work on this. what could they be doing? ambassador: there is an onerous law in the iran nuclear agreement review act that requires him every so many months to certify whether iran is in compliance with all that congress wants or not. everybody hates this, both congress and trump. he wants congress to agree on a way forward and to support him with the europeans. that is a work in progress. anchor: this comes amid increasing unrest in iran. how does that affect these issues? >> it weakens iran's hand. not only the unrest in iran, but
throughout the region, in yemen, on the israeli-turkish border, with asaad pushing forward. a very dangerous situation. it is unclear what will happen in iraq with the collapse of the kurds. iran is a big troublemaker. it has not reined itself in. that is something that americans and europeans are concerned about. anchor: rescuers in southern california are still looking for survivors after the mudslide that killed 17 survivors. they're looking with aerial drones and a sniffer dogs to find anyone trapped in the debris. bslice said that homemade bom were used to damage two churches
in the capital of santiago, chile. facebook has announced what it says is a major change to its news feed, prioritizing posts from family and friends over media organizations and businesses. founder mark zuckerberg says the attempt is to make time spent on the platform or meaningful. you are watching bbc world news america. still to come, women facing a terrible choice, sexual favors or eviction. anchor: the bbc music sound of the year prize has earned a reputation for spotting the next big thing in pop. artists like sam smith and adele have picked up the award en route to the big-time.
this year it has gone to a 22 year old from norway. >> the infectious pop sound of sigrid. the 21-year-old norwegian singer has been writing and performing for years. now she has won one of their most important awards for new talent. >> miss sigrid, you are the winner. >> what? >> number one. >> [laughter] >> what does it mean to you to have won this? >> i can't believe you're asking that question right when i am about to cry. how to describe that? is this live? >> we welcome sigrid! ♪ >> she has been steadily gaining
support over the last 12 months. from holland -- ♪ thousands in glastonbury -- >> ♪ just like in the movies >> sigrid is another huge talent to emerge from scandinavia. >> english is our second language and i think that barriers we have to concentrate on the melody. >> melodies that help her win this industry accolade. >> it is a great way to start this year. anchor: in the current conversation around #metoo and
sexual violence, there is one area that hasn't been getting much coverage. that is the issue of sexual harassment in housing. a number of women across america have been pushed to perform sexual favors to landlords and maintenance workers to avoid losing the roofs over their heads. some local housing agencies are taking action but many women fear coming forward. here is the story of christian in south carolina whose housing inspector made advances toward her. >> if i go tell someone and he says, no, i didn't. who will look like the liar? you know what i mean? i didn't know what to do. stay.ed somewhere to him being that powerful army -- over me drove me into a depression. it was continuous. each time he came, he said, you owe me. before i sign this paper.
you have to make a decision. anchor: that is christian's story. the bbc's online writer, jessica, spent months investigating. i spoke to her a short time ago. we heard from christian in north carolina and you spent time speaking to other women at the same housing development. tell me their stories. jessica: i spoke to about a half dozen women affected by the situation. it involved women that were talked to inappropriately in the office and it ranged all the way to the explicit demands made on them, to keep housing, they would have to have sex with these men. some women acquiesced. i spoke to one who did. there is a lot of shame. all these women coming forward gave her the courage to come forward. anchor: they actually take action? jessica: they had a case brought by the department of justice, settled for $2.7 million. both of the employees involved were fired.
anchor: this case in north carolina. in your reporting, did you find the scale of the problem across america? jessica: this happens and probably every state in the country. the problem is that this is a virtually unstudied area. there are not a lot of academics looking at it. we know that there are hundreds of lawsuits filed every year against landlords,, maintenance workers, housing agencies, but because there is no hard data, we don't know who it is happening to the most or where it is happening the most. there is an information gap. anchor: is it predominately public housing? jessica: we really don't know. that is a problem. if this were studied properly, remedies could be made, we would say this is happening more and in private housing or public housing. public housing is interesting. the tenants of public housing are overwhelmingly female-headed households.
women, 75% of the units are women. one third that have children. that creates a uniquely vulnerable population. it needs more study. anchor: why do you think that this is overlooked? we talk about sexual harassment in so many other walks of life. there hasn't been a spotlight on this until your reporting. jessica: a lot of the women who make these complaints are poor. a lot of them are women of color. i think that when women like this make complaints, they are not believed as much. people think they are out for money, trying to do what they can to get ahead. that is really sad and really problematic. these are serious complaints. this is serious abuse. there is a credibility issue. that should not be the case. anchor: fantastic reporting. great article. thanks. if you would like to read more on jessica's investigation, go to our website.
bbc.com/news. while we are talking about the sparkedovement, which in the wake of many women's allegations against harvey weinstein. ashley judd has been speaking to my colleague stephen, telling about her own experiences of abuse and what she did about it. i was molested for the first time when i was seven years old. i went to a grown up and said, this just happened. as is often the case, the grown-ups it, he is a nice old man and that is not what he meant. i somehow managed to stay authentic and my truth. i knew something wrong had happened. that is why i am such a crusader for gender equality and the full eradication of all gender and sexual-based violence. i experienced it as a youth, i
experienced it in hollywood. it is been at the core of my humanitarian work. now that this movement has collectivized and catalyzed, it is and credit the gratifying to me. to markthe bbc program the 65th anniversary of queen elizabeth's coronation recalls the famous private life of the monarch. she has candid advice for anyone wearing a crown. don't look down. reporter:, she famously doesn't do interviews, the conversation with questions about the andnation, the crown jewels the crown worn by her and her father, king george the sixth. queen elizabeth: my father and i have about the same shape of head. when you put it on, it stays. reporter: you have to keep your head still. it is huge? queen elizabeth: yes, very
unwieldy. you cannot look down to read the speech. you have to take the speech up. if you did look down, your neck would break. it would fall off. reporter: it is difficult to always remember that diamonds are stones and very heavy. there are some: disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise they are quite important things. reporter: she wore it to her coronation in the gold stagecoach. it weighs 4 stone. it is not meant for comfort. queen elizabeth: it is not meant for traveling at all. it is only strong on leather. reporter: it rocks around a lot? queen elizabeth: it is not very comfortable. reporter: were you in it for a long time? queen elizabeth: we went halfway around london. we must have gone five miles, but only at a walking pace. i could not possibly go faster. it is so heavy.
reporter: 65 years after the event, a monarch talking about her coronation. the crown, the real one. anchor: her majesty says that traveling in that gold coach is horrible, but i wouldn't mind going to work in that. thank you for watching bbc world news america. >> with the bbc news app, our vertical videos are designed to work around your lifestyle, so you can swipe your way to the news of the day and stay up-to-date with the latest headlines you can trust. download now from selected app stores. >> funding of this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation, and kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neglected needs. >> planning a vacation escape that is relaxing, inviting, and exciting is a lot easier than you think. you can find it here, in aruba. families, couples, and friends can all find their escape on the
captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: >> he said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly. >> woodruff: president trump sparks outrage across the globe with reportedly vulgar comments about countries in africa and in this hemisphere that send immigrants to the u.s. then, from paradise, to mexico's deadliest city. we visit the beaches of acapulco in our continuing look at the effect of growing violence on the country's tourism. >> these gangs came from a fragmentation of big gangs. they don't have the ability or the logistics, so they abandon the drug business and instead start attacking civic society to survive. >> woodruff: and, it's friday. mark shields and david brooks talk about the latest controversy involving president trump and the role o